In This Issue
Catwalk for Clean Water-...A Smashing Benefit for HEC
Coal Ash Waste a Major Indiana Challenge
HEC Leading Effort to Improve Safeguards for Off-Site Animal Waste Lagoons
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
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Catwalk for Clean Water- A Smashing Benefit for HEC

More than 300 guests gathered at the Alexander Hotel last month to enjoy a fantastic fashion show benefiting the Hoosier Environmental Council.


The 2nd Annual Catwalk for Clean Water was filled with energy and innovation, featuring stunning looks made from up-cycled materials including packaging materials and bike tires. The event was so much fun, we are already looking forward to next year!

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Coal Ash Waste a Major Indiana Challenge, Says New HEC Report  

Coal ash is contaminating our drinking water supplies and endangering Hoosiers' health, concludes HEC's new report: Our Waters at Risk.  With more coal ash sludge lagoons - 84 - than any other state, Indiana should be acting to ensure safe disposal of this dangerous waste, but our coal ash disposal standards for sludge lagoons are weaker than those for household trash.  As a result, ten Indiana communities have groundwater contaminated by coal ash; the White River has suffered three major coal ash spills, and one community - the Town of Pines - has been designated a Superfund site.  


HEC urges the U.S. EPA adopt enforceable national standards for coal ash disposal! 


Visit our action center to send a letter to Sen. Joe Donnelly and Sen. Dan Coats urging them to support strong EPA action. For more information, please contact Tim Maloney, HEC's Senior Policy Director.

HEC Leading Effort to Improve Safeguards for Off-Site Animal Waste Lagoons

HEC and our allies submitted comments on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's proposed rule for "Satellite Manure Storage Structures" designed to store at least one million gallons of livestock production waste. In other words, the rule will govern how vast amounts of untreated animal feces, urine, blood, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and other livestock production wastes are stored in Indiana.  


Protecting the public from exposure to harmful pollutants and pathogens is precisely the reason that human waste has long been subject to strict requirements. Yet the proposed rule will allow unlined, football field-sized manure lagoons to be constructed in sensitive areas, which needlessly and dangerously exposes drinking water to contamination.


Please voice your concerns at an upcoming public hearing. For more information, contact HEC's Water Policy Director, Kim Ferraro.

How the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Helps Indiana

Investments in the Great Lakes yield real results. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has invested $25 million in 35 restoration projects just in Indiana. One GLRI project removed more than 575,000 cubic yards of toxic mud from the Grand Calumet River! Traversing a heavily industrialized landscape, the Grand Calumet has historically been one of the most polluted rivers in the U.S.

President Obama's proposed budget cuts $25 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Join us in urging President Obama and the U.S. Congress to restore these funding levels - send an email through our Action Center today!


Learn more about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative...and how investments in the Great Lakes and restoration bolster the economy! 

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